Haryana keen to encourage youth to take sports as career: Min

Chandigarh: Haryana Sports Minister Sukhbir Kataria on Tuesday said the state government is taking steps to create adequate income and employment opportunities in sports to encourage talented youth to it up as a career.

The government adopted a proactive sports policy in pursuance of which sports infrastructure is being developed, young talent are being identified and achievements are being rewarded with cash incentives and government jobs.

The Minister was replying to a calling attention notice submitted by MLA Naresh Sharma in the ongoing session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha.

He said that from 1999 to 2005, 136 players were given jobs whereas from 2005 to 2011, 361 outstanding players had been given government jobs and 12 were posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

As many as 37 more are being inducted with five as DSP. Also, 69 Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees are being given honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month. Bhim Awards are conferred on six outstanding players of the state every year.

Compared to Rs 7.94 crore of cash awards given to 3979 players from 1999-2005, the present government has given cash awards of Rs 37.41 crore to 7677 players from 2005 to 2012, he said.

In this period, 13,837 school and college goers have been given sports scholarship of Rs 1.68 crore.